This is my fourth time making a Moneta and its the third one for myself. Between the two for me and the one I made for Emily, I’ve learned a bit more about knits and the pattern in general.
I ordered this fabric from Mood (the Moroccan blue I used is no longer available but check out the other colors, its seriously fabulous!) when I was on a big Plaintain making kick, making a Moneta was never in the cards for this fabric but after it was washed and laid out I just knew it would be perfect.
I managed to squeeze the pieces out of my two yards by using different skirt pieces and cutting the front skirt pieces single fold with a seam. I put my fabric scraps in front of my machine to show you how little I have left over but the picture makes the fabric blend with my desk. I can fit the little pile of scraps in the palm of my hand. I really got my moneys worth!
I really like my first two Monetas but there were alterations I wanted to make with this version. I’m not quite full busted but my bust is pretty full. The Moneta size large fits me fairly well but due to my larger bust I have lost a little bit of bodice length so I made my own version of a knit full bust adjustment by lengthing the bodice by 1 inch. This made the skirt fall closer to my natural waist then my previous versions which is exactly what I was going for.
One of the other changes I made was to not use the provided skirt pieces. I used the Mortmain skirt pieces to make a gathered skirt for my arrow dress and it came out great. A fellow sewiest I follow on Instragram, Naomily, used the Flora skirt pieces to make one of her Moneta’s so I thought hey, why can’t this woven pattern work? Its a little less flared but maintains the look of the fabulous gathers that I’ve come to love about this dress.
My last change was the least invasive, I just lengthened the 3/4 sleeves to be full sleeves making this a perfect dress for fall. I really love the feel of this fabric and I think with these changes I’ve mastered the Moneta!